Friday, August 19, 2016

Siracusa by Delia Ephron

by Delia Ephron
narrated by Talia Balsam, Katie Finneran, Darren Goldstein, John Slattery

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Just released: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Genre: Italy, Travel, Women's Fiction
Hardback: 304 pages
Rating: 4

First sentence(s):
I have a snapshot of me standing on Finn's shoulders when I was twenty-nine, a trick we'd perfected.

An electrifying novel about marriage and deceit from bestselling author Delia Ephron that follows two couples on vacation in Siracusa, a town on the coast of Sicily, where the secrets they have hidden from one another are exposed and relationships are unraveled.

New Yorkers Michael, a famous writer, and Lizzie, a journalist, travel to Italy with their friends from Maine—Finn; his wife, Taylor; and their daughter, Snow. “From the beginning,” says Taylor, “it was a conspiracy for Lizzie and Finn to be together.” Told Rashomon-style in alternating points of view, the characters expose and stumble upon lies and infidelities past and present. Snow, ten years old and precociously drawn into a far more adult drama, becomes the catalyst for catastrophe as the novel explores collusion and betrayal in marriage.

With her inimitable psychological astute­ness and uncanny understanding of the human heart, Ephron delivers a powerful meditation on marriage, friendship, and the meaning of travel. Set on the sun-drenched coast of the Ionian Sea, Siracusa unfolds with the pacing of a psychological thriller and delivers an unexpected final act that none will see coming.

My two-bits:

Good one for arm-chair traveling as a small town in Sicily is captured via a tourist viewpoint.

Although unlikable characters and their unsavory deeds are the focus of this story. The drama creates a kind of fascination for how things progress and meet its inevitable end.

The narration with four people makes the story come alive moreso. Loved hearing John Slattery ;-)


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